Gordon Beckham
Angels acquire Gordon Beckham from White Sox
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CHW
5:40 PM
News: The Angels have acquired second baseman Gordon Beckham from the White Sox Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times

Beckham has hit .221/.263/.336 over 390 at-bats. In return, the White Sox will receive a player to be named later or cash. 

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Stephen Drew
Stephen Drew belts a home run
Stephen Drew, 2B, NYY
12:29 AM
News: Yankees shortstop Stephen Drew belted his fifth home run Wedneday against the Astros. 

Drew struck in the fourth inning. With the bases empty, Drew took an 86 mph cutter out to right center for the solo shot. He also walked during the contest. Drew finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI.

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Micah Johnson
Micah Johnson shut down for the season
Micah Johnson, 2B, CHW
8/20/2014
News: White Sox infield prospect Micah Johnson has been shut down for the rest of the year.

Johnson injured his knee while taking an awkward swing recently, and won't return. He hit .294/.351/.403 over two levels in the minors.

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Nick Punto
Nick Punto progressing slowly
Nick Punto, 2B, OAK
8/19/2014
News: Athletics infielder Nick Punto is progressing slowly after a hamstring injury, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Punto has been able to do some light jogging, but has not been cleared to swing a bat. He's been out since August 2 due to the injury. 

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Dustin Pedroia
Dustin Pedroia returns from one-game absence
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
8/18/2014
News: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia made it back into the starting lineup Monday against the Angels after missing Sunday's game due to an illness. Pedroia is batting .353 with one home run, five doubles, eight RBI and 16 runs in his last 21 games.
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Jose Altuve
Jose Altuve connects for first career grand slam
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
8/18/2014
News: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve capitalized Sunday on a defensive mistake by Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, which led to his first career grand slam in an 8-1 win at Boston.

The Astros got a break when manager Bo Porter won a challenge after Bogaerts picked up Marwin Gonzalez's grounder, ran to second for what looked like a force and fired to first. The problem was he threw the ball about a step before he tagged the bag. 

The inning continued after the challenge. Joe Kelly then walked Robbie Grossman before Altuve parked a grand slam to put Boston up 6-0 in the second inning.

''That there's a big play,'' said Porter, who said he was first told by the umpires that the play wasn't reviewable. ''You look at that stage of the game and what proceeded to happen after that, Altuve with the big grand slam, one could say that was the biggest play of the game.''

Altuve finished Sunday's game with four hits. He is batting .338 with two home runs, three doubles, eight RBI and 11 runs in 15 August games.

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Jonathan Schoop
Jonathan Schoop has six HRs since All-Star break
Jonathan Schoop, 2B, BAL
8/18/2014
News: Orioles infielder Jonathan Schoop homered for the fourth time in 10 games during Sunday's 4-1 win at Cleveland. He finished 2 for 4 with one double.

Schoop connected for his 12th home run when he had a solo home run off Kyle Crockett in the ninth inning. In fact, half of Schoop's home runs have come since the start of the second half.

Although Schoop is hitting just .214 in the second half, he has a .500 slugging percentage in 22 games. Though, he is batting .313 in his last 10 games.

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Howie Kendrick
Howie Kendrick homers for first time in 50 games
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAA
8/17/2014
News: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick had three hits, including a home run, during a 5-4 win Saturday at Texas. He also had two runs.

Kendrick gave Los Angeles a 2-0 lead in the second inning when he led off the frame with a home run off Colby Lewis. It was his fifth home run and first in 50 games.

Kendrick is batting .280 with one double, one home run, six RBI, six runs, four walks and 12 strikeouts in his last 13 games.

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Robinson Cano
Robinson Cano gets right back Saturday
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA
8/16/2014
News: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is back in the lineup, as expected, Saturday against the Tigers, despite leaving Friday's game with a foot injury.

Cano was forced out Friday after fouling a ball off his foot, but manager Lloyd McClendon rightly predicted he wouldn't miss any time. He is in his usual spot, batting third and playing second base for the game. 

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Andy Parrino
Andy Parrino recalled Friday
Andy Parrino, 2B, OAK
8/15/2014
News: The Athletics officially recalled infielder Andy Parrino from Triple-A Sacramento Friday, after Jed Lowrie was placed on the disabled list with a finger injury.

Parrino's promotion was expected after Lowrie opted for the DL Thursday. He went 2 for 12 in five appearances with the A's earlier in the season.  

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